We talk to Wisconsin Court of Appeals Candidate Brian Blanchard about what a Court of Appeals Judge does and why he'd be a fair and prudent voice on the bench. We also hear a response from Blanchard about some of the things his opponent Judge Ed Leineweber is saying about him. Make sure to vote on April 6th. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Walker's assault on unions has brought a lot of immediacy to JoAnne Kloppenburg's candidacy for Supreme Court. Whoever wins April 5th will play a pivotal role in parsing out the current & future legal battle springing out the Capitol. Assistant Attorney General Kloppenburg is in the studio to talk about her background, her campaign, and she responds to some of the spurious claims put out by Prosser's defenders on Milwaukee talk radio. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, Madison, Wisconsin, Kloppenburg, JoAnne, Justice Prosser, State...
Glenn Grothman defends the very controversial vote he made last night to end collective bargaining for public employees. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, Glenn Grothman, Madison, Wisconsin, collective bargaining, public...
State Republicans are now in the position to map out legislative districts, fundamentally changing the State politically for at least the next decade. Craig Gilbert, the last remaining Washington correspondent for the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel, joins me to break down this election county by county and explain the potential political impact this election will have in the years to come. It's not pretty. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Our good friend John Nichols comments on Sarah Palin's non-campaign campaign tour. We find out what's she is up to and how Palin's Madison speech this April is being spun on the national level. The recalls are working. State Republicans are racing to get through their paradigm shifting legislation before Democrats get a chance to take back the Senate. John Nichols describes how the reckless attempt to rush legislation is helping Democrats and explains why Republicans are distancing themselves... Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, Madison, Wisconsin, John Nichols, Palin, Bus, Recalls, Senate,...
Packer's linebacker Clay Matthews has signed a deal with Sauve to start doing shampoo commercial with that famous hair of his. What do you think Vince Lombardi would say to the Claymaker about this endorsement? Topics: Sly in the Morning, Clay Matthews, Sauve, Hair, shampoo, Vince, Packers, superbowl
Yesterday, I pointed out that NONE of the democratic recall candidates mention restoring collective bargaining on their websites. Vicki McKenna was evidently listening because she picked up on this and brought up a point that I painfully agree with: the democrats are afraid to run on restoring collective bargaining for public employees. These recall candidates are getting terrible, terrible advice. I have no doubt that all of the recall candidates support collective bargaining but that is not... Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, Vicki McKenna, Madison, Wisconsin, Republicans, recall, collective...
There is a new transportation trend in large metro areas called slugging. This where you pick up a random commuters for free and in exchange you get to use the fast moving High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. When gas is hovering around 4 dollars a gallon, I like this idea in theory. But I honestly just wouldn't feel comfortable driving a stranger to work everyday? Would you pick up a slugger? Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, Madison, Wisconsin, Sluggers, high occupancy
Some are saying that Santa is a bad role model to children's because he's so fat. If the legend of Santa was created today what do you think he'd look like? Topics: Sly in the Morning, Madison 1670 WTDY
If Jonathan Capehart wanted to hurt President Obama, he did a great job. Capehart went on Chris Matthews program and said that Obama can't get angry because he's a African-American and black man are already viewed as too aggressive. While there may be some truth to that, it gave all the race-baiters at FOX News some ammo. Obama is not Bush, he's not the type to say something as trite as "bring it on" but that doesn't mean he isn't working hard to clean up BP's mess. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Jay Allen joins me to talk about his run for another term as Mayor of Fitchburg. Allen defines himself against the challenger Shawn Pfaff and gives some of his proudest accomplishments while serving as Mayor. We also talk about how small government Walker is taking away local control. Topics: Sly in the Morning, Madison, Fitchburg, Wisconsin, Mayor, Jay Allen, 1670 WTDY
Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz thinks he can convince governor-elect Scott Walker to build the high-speed train from Madison to Milwaukee so we could up with some love songs to help foster this burgeoning relationship. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
What a mess of a story in Racine, where a teenage girl sent an inappropriate picture of herself to her boyfriend. When her mom saw the picture, rather than talk with her about it, she called the police! The daughter was so humiliated she literally jumped into Lake Michigan and tried to swim away. All this fuss over a naked picture? I'm pretty sure this girl's boyfriend has already seen the real thing. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Jeff Kravat and Gene Lundergan from Madison MoveOn are in the studio to talk about a series of house parties being held to help rebuild the American Dream. They also have an event this Sunday at the Memorial Union (4th Floor) at 10:30am. If you are looking for a way to stay connected and help mobilize this movement, make sure to connect Madison MoveOn. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, Madison, Wisconsin, Madison MoveOn, Memorial Union, Jeff Kravat
A Target will fill that big hole at Hilldate and its had hardly any opposition, a rare event in the City of the Perpetually Offended. When thing that caught my eye, Ald. Chris Schmidt isn't concerned with vehicular traffic just as long as its "pedestrian friendly". Looks like another Alder has fallen in with the keesh crowd. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Every time I drive down McKenna Blvd, I cringe because I automatically think of the shrieking hyena heard on right-wing radio here in Madison and Milwaukee. I'm taking your suggestion for a new name for McKenna Blvd so we don't even have to utter that despicable hypocrite's name. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, McKenna, Vicki, McKenna blvd, Madison, Wisconsin
A judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which a 12 year old girl alleges she had severe emotional distress after watching Brokeback Mountain in math class. All I remember about that movie was that it was boring. We can definitely come up with movies to show to a group of 7th graders that would be a whole lot worse than Brokeback Mountain. Topics: Sly in Morning, 1670 WTDY, Brokeback mountain
Madison school board member Marj Passman joins me to talk about the controversy surrounding U.S. Cellular's proposal to put a tower up at Gomper's elementary school. Proponents say it will be a good revenue stream but some parents worry about adverse health risks. We also talk about charter schools, shared revenue, and when to call a snow day. Topics: Sly in the Morning, Marj Passman, Gompers, cell, tower, U.S. cellular, madison school
Bill O'Reilly is all upset about Brad Pitt not unequivocally condemning past marijuana use. What do you tell your kids about your glory days? Topics: Sly in the Morning, Madison 1670 WTDY, Marijuana, ganja, Brad Pitt, Bill O'Reilly, europhic recall
Former Attorney Peg Lautenschlager, who represents AFSCME, successfully challenged the Department of Administration's lock down of the State Capitol. Judge John Albert declared Walker's crackdown "unconstitutional" but also ordered protesters to vacate after normal business hours. Peg gave the news first hand to the protesters still housed in the rotunda and was instrumental in keeping this protest struggle both peaceful and legal. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, Madison, Wisconsin, Peg Lautenschlager, Judge John Albert,...
A Wauwatosa woman was arrested for drunk driving while picking up her young child at school. Let's give teach kids to look out for when their mom's too drunk to drive. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
We have adopted Mike O'Brien's "One Day Longer" anthem (that he wrote for the USW strike in Sudbury) for our current labor strife here in Wisconsin. Mike will be here Saturday to perform for the protesters and I'm happy to have him on the program to explain what prompted this song and why he stands with labor in Wisconsin. Topics: Sly in the Morning, OB, USW, Mike O'Brien, 1670 WTDY, Wisconsin, Madison, protesters
Can you imagine the hypocrisy of chanting "USA" while denying a group's right to practice religious freedom on private property? That's what scores of people were doing in New York this weekend. They don't want a mosque a couple blocks from Ground Zero, even though the idea for such a Muslim Community Center was hatched by Muslims who were working with Jews. Is there any explanation besides racism and intolerance for such a stance? Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
The movement to end saggy jeans is back in vogue. Let's face it, its a fashion trend and your only adding credibility to the fad by condemning it. Its not like we didn't wear things that now seem ridiculous. What clothes do you regret wearing? Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Baraboo school board candidate Peter Vedro joins me in the studio to talk about how smaller school districts will be affected by Walker's proposed cuts to education. Needless to say, it will not be pretty. We also talk about his opponent John Meegan, a tea party organizers, who thinks the cure for the Baraboo school district is "to bleed a little". Meegan also thinks diverting funds from public education into charter schools will benefit both institutions. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, Madison, Wisconsin, John Meegan, Baraboo, school district
A Seattle mother lost their precious kitty cat and a local shelter euthanized the old cat before it could be found. The mother doesn't know what to tell her two year old who keeps asking for "kitty". What should this irresponsible mother tell her child? Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Justice David Prosser debated challenger Joanne Kloppenburg again on Friday. Prosser took issue with an ad the Kloppenburg campaign is running and made a surprisingly endorsement of the Citizens United case which gives corporation unlimited influence in elections. I take your calls and then John Nichols is on to talk about the litany of controversial statements by Prosser during the debate. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, Turd, Prosser, Kloppenburg, Madison, Wisconsin
John Nichols has a new book out, The "S" Word: A Short History of an American Tradition...Socialism. He joins me to talk about how socialism has shaped our nation. We also talk the growing population of Walkerville and the plan to cut all funding to WiscNet. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, Madison, Wisconsin, Walkerville, Socialism, WiscNet, the s word
Former Milwaukee and current CNN anchor Contessa Brown made a faux pas that caught Jesse Jackson off guard. What does this say about the Reverends and Ms. Brown. Topics: Sly in the Morning, Madison 1670 WTDY
U.S. Senate Candidate Dave Westlake joins me to walk about why his primary opponent Ron Johnson keeps canceling their joint appearances. They have a faux debate scheduled for Monday but will the self-anointed teabagger show? Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Dan Burkhalter, Executive Director Wisconsin Education Association Council, is in the studio to make it crystal clear that his union and his members are firmly committed to stopping Walker's plan to end collective bargaining and this disastrous budget. We hear what WEAC has planned in the weeks ahead and Dan let's us know what his members are telling him. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, WEAC, Mary Bell, Dan Burkhalter, collective bargaining, unions,...
Robin Marohn, who recently moved back to Madison, has been doing a lot of yard work. A large brush pile has accumulated over the last two months and the City has yet to pick up it due to cutbacks brush pickup. The Mayor's obsession of becoming a platinum level bike city is evidently cutting into basic public services. To add insult to injury, the city's garbage czar George Dreckmann has called Marohn a liar. What should Robin do with his car-sized brush pile? Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
President Obama said there was a lot of myths behind trade with India and other Asian nations, We find out what the real deal on trade with India and South Korea from Scott Paul executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
I speak to a big friend of labor, Mr. Leo Gerard, about China's cheating ways and which Senate candidate is willing to stand up for workers and which are willing to sell us down the river. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
House Speak Nancy Pelosi recently meet with Catholics and told priests and bishops to instruct their parishioners to support immigration reform. If Bush would have so blatantly asked religious leaders to lobby for his causes, Pelosi would of have cried fouled. Do you ever want your religious leader to tell you how to vote? Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Sub-zero is saying its going to move 100 Madison based jobs to Arizona, in yet another move to lower their labor costs. Apparently making $40,000 a year is an unreasonable sum of money to pay for an honest days work. Sub-zero joins a growing number of corporations that are using this recession to permanently lower their labor costs. The American worker only has two choices nowadays: vote to slash their wages or watch their jobs go South. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Atheist churches are starting to pop up but I think its a trend that won't last. They need a little brandsformation, so we come up with a good symbol for these free-thinkers. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
An 85 year old old man with dementia wandered out of his home and was then tased by a Waupaca Sheriff Deputy. You couldn't handle an octogenarian? This man was probably in diapers yet he is still a threat? Worse yet, he missed his wife's funeral because of the incident. How would you feel if your elderly parent were tased? Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Sen. Feingoldis on the live line, we discuss how he is helping to create jobs in our State, his opponents plan to cut taxes for the rich and huge corporations, and why the war in Afghanistan is undermining effects to go after Al Qaeda around the world. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
The ACLU has filed a complaint against the village of Shorewood Hills because they have rejected yet another development targeted at affordable housing. Some of the village members denied the project because those people have "different values". Shorewood Hills might not be racist but what are we supposed to think? Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Imagine having to put your dog down, taking the body home, and then finding little Rover alive and kicking in the morning. Well that's exactly what happened to a Detroit family. I say they rename this reanimated pooch, we take your suggestions. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Well it's a tough road ahead for Democrats in State government but luckily we have Kenosha's Peter Barca. Barca will lead the minority in the State Assembly and we talk about what challenges he sees on the horizons and where he thinks he can work with Scott Walker and majority party. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
President Obama went to Northeast Ohio on Friday and gave a great "populist" speech about jobs and fighting for American workers, similar to rhetoric heard on the campaign trail. The problem is when his constituents from the Buckeye State starting asking him specific questions, Obama populist tone fell flat. Topics: Sly in the Morning, 1670 WTDY
Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch is Governor Walker's right-hand man when it comes to cracking down on demonstrators at the Capitol and has turned a once public building into a fortified castle. You may not know, but Huebsch represented Wisconsin's 94th Assembly District (La Crosse area) before he was appointed to lead the DOA under Governor Walker. Democrats have a good chance of capturing the seat in a special election but we need your help. Luckily, we have a great... Topics: SLY in the Morning, 1670 WTDY, Mark Pocan, Steve Doyle, district 94, wisconsin, la crosse, madison